The privately rented housing market has largely catered for young, mobile people and students since it was deregulated in the UK. In this volume, key writers provide timely insights into this rapidly evolving market. This volume is based on new, original research which brings together specialists in housing policy and legal studies, with their common and increasingly interdependent knowledge base about the privately rented sector and its future direction. The collection opens with an overview of the historical context and recent changes to the sector, such as the rapid and continued expansion of the buy-to-let market, followed by a discussion of the factors shaping the contemporary market. The contributors show how the new regulatory environment is opening a series of issues with significant potential to affect (and potentially damage) the market. The volume will interest academics and students in social and public policy, law and housing studies, as well as law practices and housing authorities.
Contents: Preface; The new private rented sector - regulation in a deregulated market, Stuart Lowe; A GIS analysis of rent formation in the private rented housing sector in England, Peter Bibby, Max Craglia, A.D.H. (Tony) Crook and Steven Rowley; Buy to let landlords, David Rhodes; Housing benefit and the private rented sector: a case study of variance in rental niche markets, Julie Rugg; Controlling letting arrangements in the private rented sector?, Diane Lister; Regulating the market, David Ormandy and Martin Davis; Landlords and fair trading: all consumers now?, Martin Davis and Rachel Houghton; Accreditation, David Hughes and Rachel Houghton; Regulating a deregulated market, David Hughes and Stuart Lowe; Bibliography; Index.